Antique French Empire gilt bronze & marble mantel clock “La Liseuse” ca 1810

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Antique French Empire gilt bronze & marble mantel clock “La Liseuse” ca 1810


Rare antique French Empire Allegorical clock by Reiche ( Jean-Andre) Representing allegory of Astronomy or Science.

A beautifully  original mercury gilt ormolu  proportioned clock  is in very good condition.

This is a very famous model and one of the classics that were designed by Jean-Andre Reiche in the first decade of the 19th century. 
Often set on antique marble bases with tall toupee feets as in this case. 
Figure of a woman on the left side of the clock reading a book and leaning on the clock dome which is set into a set of library shelves. 
On the other side of the clock is a terrestrial globe set upon a reeded column. 
A beautifully proportioned clock  is in with fine original mercury gil
ding. Gilding is with some wear as shown on my pictures.

Encyclopedia of The French Clock, Pierre Kjelberg, page 395. 

Die Französische Bronzeuhr, Elke Niehüser, page 232. 
French Bronze Clocks, Elke Niehüser page 92.


The white  enamel dial  is signed by retailer: Binje a Anvers


Movement with silk suspension is in good running condition chiming at the 1/1 and 1/2 hours on a silvered bronze bell and numberd:2229

Key & pendulum included.



• The clock measures approx.

13.4 inches (34,5 cm) tall

11.4 inches (29,5 cm) width

4.7 inches (12 cm) deep

Weight 17.6 lbs (8,9 kg)




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